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The Brooke Healey Foundation was created to build awareness and raise funds for research Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG); to help families dealing with pediatric cancers, especially brain cancers and DIPG; to foster community relationships and to promote involvement through scholarships awarded to civically active high school seniors.
The Foundation exists in honor of 5-year-old Brooke Healey, daughter of Steve and Stefani, who was diagnosed DIPG, an inoperable, very aggressive tumor in the middle of the brain stem (the Pons), on January 14, 2013. She passed away on September 9, 2013.
During the eight months of Brooke’s brave fight against DIPG, she never complained and continued to bring smiles to everyone with her larger than life personality. Her battle inspired people from all over the world who came together in support of Brooke, the Healey family and each other.
DIPG is a type of tumor that only affects children. There is no cure. In fact, pediatric brain tumors in general have a survival rate of less than 20%.
Research in this area is greatly underfunded. Families facing DIPG have very few resources or options. We will change both of these facts. We will help find a cure for DIPG. Until then, we will help make life just a little easier for those dealing with the disease.
The money we raise goes directly toward targeted research for DIPG, assisting families in need during their child's fight against this horrible disease and recognizing students through awarding scholarships to those that are civically active.